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theReef featured on Crystal Blue!

The Reef was the spotlight accommodation on Grand Cayman last week, when were the featured acommodation on the  Crystal Blue Wedding Studio blog! With theReef’s 1600ft white sand beach and turquoise sea as your backdrop and full service catering available onsite, we are the perfect location for your Caribbean destination wedding.

Crystal Blue also featured our most recent newly weds at theReef – Rachel and Boris. Their beautiful Cayman destination wedding at theReef was featured as one of Crystal Blue’s Real Weddings. Their gorgeous colour scheme and little details made for some beautiful pictures courtesy of Aaron Rebarcheck. This wedding party danced until the small hours with their DJ Craig, of One World Ltd.

Have a look at their wonderful reception – designed and arranged by Octopus Events.

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We are looking forward to hosting some more amazing weddings this year…

2009 Destination Weddings at theReef

This coming Saturday will see the last wedding at theReef for 2009, and since we are coming to the end of the year it is a good time to reflect on the fabulous weddings we have hosted here in Grand Cayman. 2009 saw theReef host over 40 beautiful destination weddings on our peaceful 1600ft white sand beach and dock! Each and every wedding at theReef is unique and we offer several Wedding packages to accommodate every couples’ individual requirements.

Linda Locke, our wedding coordinator, takes the stress out of planning your Caribbean wedding. From start to finish, the planning process for weddings at The Reef is as worry free as possible, with timely answers and solutions to all the couple’s questions, customized packages and receptions to cater to all tastes. Offering expert advice and attention to detail, Linda only works with the best wedding professionals on island, so you know you are in safe hands.

Recently theReef appeared in Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, “3 ways to unwind” feature. theReef’s beach is the perfect location for a destination Caribbean wedding here in Cayman, with gorgeous turquoise backdrop and soft white sand, your beautiful wedding pictures will be the envy of every bride! 

Our Wedding couples come back to us time after time and tell us how perfect their special day was, please see our testimonials for their amazing feedback and comments.

Here at theReef, we even offer a free Anniversary stay for every Reef wedding couple so that they can celebrate their wedding experience again the following year!

Every year we take a look a back on the year’s weddings and, even though we admit it ourselves, all of the weddings here at The Reef in 2009 were gorgeous as I’m sure you’ll agree!

 

Courtney Platt June 09 Photo: Courtney Platt June 2009

Wedding show pics 2009 016 Photo: Picture This, Rebecca Davidson, May 2009        

EricaShane by Courtney Platt     Photo: Courtney Platt, Dec 2009     

Wynter and Jason by Marcos MontanaPhoto: Marcos Montana      

Another fantastic wedding at theReef!

It has to be said your wedding day is the most important day of your life. Which is why we have a dedicated wedding coordinator to help you plan every step of the way!

Picture this…barefoot on our beautiful, white sand beach with the turquoise Caribbean ocean lapping the shore, surrounded by swaying palms with the beautiful colors of tropical flowers accenting your perfect, customized wedding ceremony.

Recently, Nate and Alicia were a part of this picture and loved their wedding so much they couldn’t wait to tell us how much they enjoyed it!

“Alicia and I are still talking about our wedding, our guests loved it so much. People that went to visit the other side of the island were so happy we selected the reef as our wedding location. Your resort was so beautiful, and peaceful.  Please show this letter to everyone that worked there, even the guys that ran the water sports.  We had a blast.  Your staff is wonderful.  People looking at the pictures were amazed!!!!”

So what are you waiting for, make like Alicia and Nate and book that unique Cayman wedding!

For more information contact weddings@thereef.com

Now THIS is something I’d LOVE to see at a wedding at theReef

Weddings are invariably uplifting and life-affirming and our team at theReef is so happy to be a small part of the many weddings we host every year.

Still… we’ve never seen anything quite so cool as this video.

You’ve probably all seen this already…..one of the most popular videos on YouTube ever.

Watch as the whole wedding party gets into the act of a fantastic dance into the church, you can just imagine how much fun this tight bunch of friends had thinking this up and rehearsing it.

The video is five minutes long.. but don’t skip a moment.. it just gets better and better as it goes along… and when the bride comes in….post a comment to this blog and tell me what your reaction was…..be honest… tears in the eyes and a smile… ?

View the video here …enjoy !

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Fabulous wedding photos from theReef

Another great wedding at theReef… phew, wedding season this May has been very busy.

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These and more great photos on Courtney Platt’s blog

It’s time to re-think Grand Cayman

Summer Here and it’s time to re-think Grand Cayman – think East End

kbrderinmotionjpedBooking a trip to Grand Cayman for a family vacation?  Pass on the hustle and bustle of 7-mile beach and head over to the undiscovered East End and vacation with the locals.

The Reef Resort, www.thereef.com, is strategically located on the undiscovered East End of the island. It’s close to Vivine’s Kitchen, a locals favorite, and Rum Point Beach, a family favorite. They offer the largest single stretch of beach on the island, (1,600 ft.), everyone’s favorite.

Just launched in time for summer is the resort’s non-motorized water sports program with crazy cheap rentals at just $20 per person per day. Try kayaking, kite surfing, paddle boarding and power snorkeling. Jamie and Cathy Myles were the first to experience power snorkeling (motorized snorkeling) and they loved it, “it was a blast” adds the Myles. “Power snorkeling” has become the hottest activity at the resort, so much so that the motorized sports crew can’t keep up with all of the requests. To book in advance, contact the on-site concierge at concierge@thereef.com.

The Reef  also just announced a new summer soft adventure vacation package the whole family will enjoy; the new Junior Adventure Package. This five-night package starts at $2,075 (no resort or services fees), and can accommodate a family of four.  Package value adds; snorkeling, mid-size care rental, ½ day paddle boat with canopy, one-hour glass bottom two-person kayak rental x 2, behind the scenes tour at the Blue Iguana sanctuary and a $25 donation to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme made on the families behalf.  Visit the Blue Iguana website to learn more about the perils of the Blue Iguana: www.blueiguana.ky

A little too relaxed for you? No worries! An off-site trip to the renowned Stingray City, or a snorkel or dive adventure with the resort’s on-site professional dive partners, Ocean Frontiers, will liven-up the day. On-site activities are also plentiful (www.thereef.com/en/thingsToDo/activitySchedule.html). Sign up for stargazing, water aerobics, and yoga, or just get lazy with a read in the shade of a Palapa.  Evenings at the resort are also happening as nightly entertainment, restaurant specials and daily happy hour are also on tap.

Quite simply: The Reef Resort Has it All!

One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready……


Dispatches from Vegas from a couple who are very much a part of The Reef family….but who are they ? First to comment with the correct answer wins… well, being first to get it right :)


State of Nevada marriage license $62, Costumes $225, Limo, minister, photographer and Elvis impersonator $825, getting married in Vegas PRICELESS for everyone else there is the traditional wedding.

We took a few pictures with our camera. A lot more we’ll have in week or so. We got married on Las Vegas Blvd. under the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign.

The early love birds catch the Wedding!

Good afternoon from Cayman where the sun is shining and all is wonderful here at The Reef!

The last couple of weeks have been an extremely busy time for me with more and more couples booking their weddings here at The Reef for 2008 and 2009 (even some for 2010!!). From last years experience, I only see this flurry of weddings increasing between now and the New Year with the holidays seemingly being prime season for proposals, as well as plenty of family get togethers which are all important for the Wedding decision making process.

Due to our ‘one wedding a day guarantee’, which ensures that the Bride and Groom enjoy their uniquely special day to the fullest, my 2008 weddings calender is beginning to look very healthy indeed! So, please, if you are thinking about your 2008 or 2009 Cayman Wedding here at The Reef, don’t procrastinate, your chosen date could be long gone!

If you do need more information or would like to check availability for a specific wedding date, please contact me at weddings@thereef.com.

Just the two of us!!


Good afternoon all from the belated wedding blog for this week!

I must apologize for the delay in posting this week, however, better late than never right?

This weeks blog features our latest Reef Newly Weds, Rhonda and Arjen, congratulations!!!!

Arjen contacted us just two weeks prior to visiting us here at The Reef requesting assistance with their wedding arrangements and as you can see, their ceremony which took place on our beautiful beach, was the perfect ‘barefoot ceremony for two’.

Marcus Montana was their photographer of choice and the wedding went off without a hitch (excuse the pun!).

Arjen and Rhonda have proved once again, that weddings here at The Reef are very easy to arrange and don’t necessarily need the months of planning that some destinations in the world require.

By the way, Rhonda had a wonderful little message engraved into the inside of Arjen’s wedding ring, I won’t spill the beans, but it was a fun little surprise for Arjen and made us giggle after the ceremony. A very cool idea!!

Once again, congratulations and warmest wishes from all us here at The Reef Resort for a wonderful future together!!

The Perfect Caribbean Wedding Cocktail!

Ingredients:-

  • Wedding couple who love fun, sun and sand
  • Family and friends who enjoy relaxation, a great party and a memories to cherish
  • Pristine white sand beach with swaying palms
  • Breathtaking, turquoise blue ocean
  • Vividly colourful tropical flowers
  • Amazing photographer
  • Reggae/Calypso/Soca music
  • Delicious Caribbean style gourmet foodInfectious atmosphere and dancing
  • Rum, Rum and more Rum!

Directions:-

Let the team here at The Reef Resort mix them all together to create the ultimate ‘Caribbean Wedding Cocktail’ allowing you to enjoy a wonderfully potent day of romance and fun in a spectacular setting whilst relaxing with friends and family.

The Cayman Islands have become known for our ability to provide a complete array of Wedding professionals, therefore, allowing you to relax knowing that everything is taken care of down to the last detail.

Here at The Reef we pride ourselves on the wonderful weddings that we create and are ever thankful to our Wedding partners who provide the professional services that allow us to exceed even the highest of expectations.

  • Best man forgotten his tux? – No worries, A Formal Affair can get one to us the same day.
  • Your favourite flower is the rare Voodoo lily and you must have it in your bouquet? Not a problem, Every Bloomin’ Thing will order in specially for you.
  • You want a beautiful wedding cake with your initials made out of icing seashells, starfish and fresh flowers or simply served with red rose petals and seashells? Leave it to our wonderful Wedding cake partners, Grand Old House to create your perfectly unique, customized Wedding cake.
  • Want the photographer to travel to your favourite location on island with you to capture the perfect sunset? Rebecca Davidson and Colin Myles are known for their professionalism and flexibility, going out of their way to create the perfect pics!
  • Best friend not able to make it as her baby is due tomorrow? Our Cayman Wedding will provide a live streaming of your ceremony over the website for anyone that couldn’t attend to still share your special day with you.

These are just a sampling of the services available to you for your wedding at The Reef, but the options to customize your wedding are almost unlimited ! If we can make it happen for you here at The Reef, we will!

So as you can see, with our amazing island, gorgeous location and wonderful selection of Wedding professionals and services, we are able to provide the perfect mixture to satisfy even the most demanding of Wedding palates!

As a starting point to mix your perfect wedding cocktail, visit us at www.thereef.com/weddings, then contact us at weddings@thereef.com.

Cheers!!

Your Cayman Wedding – live on the web!

Welcome back to The Reef Wedding Blog!

This week I am writing about one of the most exciting and rare options available to Caribbean Destination Wedding couples, available right here in Cayman to all of our wonderful ‘nearly weds’ who are planning to say their vows on our beautiful island.

For all of us Wedding addicts and travel bugs who can’t miss a wedding, we will jet half way across the world to join in the festivities, no matter the cost or sacrifice involved, to experience the real thing (and probably suffer for a few days afterwards, especially if the groom has 16 Irish brothers and sisters!).

However, I believe that at every wedding I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a few, my own included!!) there are always some very dear family members, or friends of the couple, who have not been able to attend for any number of reasons. This is especially true for Destination weddings and can be a major factor in making the decision of whether or not to say ‘I do’ in the idyllic, picturesque location of your dreams or to keep the nuptials closer to home.

This is where Our Cayman Wedding is soooo valuable! At an extremely affordable cost, the Bride and Groom can opt to have their ceremony, and any other part of their big day, streamed live and unedited through the web. Thus allowing their missing favourite Grandma, Aunt, high school friend, long lost cousin, pen pal (you get the idea) to log in, at no additional cost, and experience the festivities as they are happening. Such a great concept and the perfect answer to those Wedding day ‘I wish Aunty Ethel or Grandma Flossie were here’ blues!

As an added bonus, this webcast can be edited and viewed by the couple and their loved ones over and over again via the Internet through a personalized Wedding Web page that Our Cayman Wedding can create and design for the couple.

I can think of many weddings that I have been to, in fact most of them, where this would have been the ‘cherry on top’ of the perfectly iced day and would have made for a much less stressful Destination Wedding planning experience!

For further information, please contact live@ourcaymanwedding.com or you can contact our Weddings team here at The Reef at weddings@thereef.com.

Your Mini Moon at The Reef

Greetings to you all again from the blog team at The Reef. For this weeks wedding blog spot, I am going to tell you about our new ‘Mini Moon’ package (no this doesn’t have any reference to the size of the moon here in Cayman! As any previous guest or Cayman resident will tell you, our moon is the same size as anywhere else in the world and is a beautiful sight to see reflected on the silvery ocean on any given night!).

The Mini Moon is, in fact, a relatively new trend in Destination Weddings which I had the pleasure of learning about during a recent Destination Weddings seminar here in Cayman, hosted by Wedding expert and Champion blogger, Rebecca Grinnals. Thank you Rebecca!

During the early stages of planning destination weddings, one of the toughest decisions for the couple is choosing the perfect location that will suit their needs and their attending group of family and friends. We’ve all experienced or heard about the ‘vacation disasters’ where everything looked perfect in the brochure or on the website, only to arrive and be in the worst vacation nightmare you could have! Oceanview being two miles from the ocean through a quagmire of dirty streets and busy traffic, full size pool being the size of a your kids paddling pool plus a few inches and a family friendly beach with topless sunbathing and lunchtime shot drinking competitions.
The ‘Mini Moon’ is designed as a short getaway for the couple, where they can visit the location that they are considering for their wedding to confirm to themselves that they are making the perfect choice. During their getaway, they can meet with Wedding professionals, explore the island, sample local food and restaurants and envision, first hand, the Wedding experience that awaits them and their guests. This is also a perfect break for the couple, who can enjoy their spare time relaxing and enjoying their mini break together.

Our ‘Mini Moon’ package is available to all future Wedding couples (whether The Reef is their chosen Wedding destination or not!) during our Summer Season (until December 20th) here at The Reef Resort and includes a three night stay in a beautiful, beach front (and yes we do mean beachfront!) Deluxe Studio, breakfast in bed each morning, a jeep rental for the entire stay(minimum age restrictions do apply) and a full consultation meeting with our Wedding coordinator (that would be me) here at The Reef. This three day package is available to all ‘nearly weds’ for US $895 per couple including all taxes, additional nights can be added upon request.

Please contact us here at The Reef at weddings@thereef.com for further details on your ‘Mini Moon’. Please also check out Rebecca Grinnals fabulous wedding blog site for wonderful wedding tips, news and new trends.

Weekly Wedding Blog – We did it Our Way!!

Greetings again from the Reef Resort where we have just spent the last week sprucing and beautifying our already idyllic setting during our annual maintenance week. The entire staff of The Reef have pulled together again to ensure that The Reef is in tip top condition for our wonderful guests to enjoy and relax in our little unique piece of paradise!

Feeling all fresh and new after our annual “spruce up”, I’ve resolved to write up a wedding blog each and every Tuesday for you…. some blogs will show weddings we’ve done in the past, others will feature some of the insider “tips and tricks” we’ve picked up over the years of helping our guests..anyway, watch out for the “Weekly Wedding Blog”, and here goes with the first one !

Our favourite Wedding thought here at The Reef is :

Your Wedding, Your Way!

Whether your idea of the perfect wedding is :

a) 100 of your favourite friends and family spending the week together, relaxing in the sun and spending quality time together with your lavish wedding and reception party being the ‘grand finale’ to the vacation of a lifetime, or

b) Just the two of you spending an intimate week in the tranquil seclusion and romance of our East End location with a simple beach wedding for two surrounded by the picturesque turquoise Caribbean ocean and a private candlelit dinner for two on the beach afterwards

Either way, we can take care of it all for you to create the most personal and unique wedding experience.

Some of the best wedding memories we have here at The Reef are of the fun and spontaneous couples whom, after arriving here at The Reef and being inspired by our beautiful beach and setting, took the plunge.

One couple- Dena and Smitty – literally did just that and jumped off our dock right after their ‘I Do’s’ to the surprise of a passing snorkeler!

That was great fun and I’m sure will make for a great conversation piece for years to come. Actually, we will be welcoming them both back to The Reef this week as they are celebrating their First Anniversary back here with us – congratulations Dena and Smitty!!

Here in Grand Cayman, we are very lucky to be able to process a Wedding license and required documentation within 24 working hours and therefore, the preplanning required in most other locations is not an issue. If you both have a passport (which is required for all visitors from abroad now), your disembarkation card from your flight to Cayman and any divorce decrees if necessary, we can arrange your wedding within 24 hours of arrival! However, due to our ‘one wedding a day!’ guarantee, we would strongly suggest checking the availability of your chosen date with us prior to arrival here at The Reef.

Please see our Weddings section on our website for further information on weddings here at The Reef or email us at weddings@thereef.com, we will be happy to help you create ‘Your wedding, Your way’!

Reef beach weddings

Welcome to The Reef’s Wedding Blog…

TomCayman has been bugging me to share some of the weddings that we host here at The Reef, so each blog I’ll feature one of the many beautiful beach weddings that have taken place here at The Reef along with useful information and tips on Destination Weddings here in Grand Cayman and in particular (of course!) at the idyllic Reef Resort

So, to our first wedding blog (I’m new to this, so hang in there with me !)

Amber and Andrew – April 2007

Amber and Andrew first came to stay with us in October 2006, where they decided that we were the chosen location for their April 2007 destination beach wedding. Along with 45 of their closest friends and family, Amber and Andrew enjoyed a week of relaxation and fun in the sun before their big day. All of their plans were finalized, down to the last detail, prior to arrival thanks to Octopus Wedding planners and our wedding team here at The Reef, thus allowing Amber and Andrew to spend time with their group knowing that they had nothing to worry about for their special day.

The morning of their Wedding was a little overcast and a mildly worried Amber was watching closely as their reception tent was being erected on the beach. As the tables were being decorated and set for their beach dinner reception and their decorated ceremony chairs were set up for their guests, the wind picked up and the heavens opened with what we can only describe as a ‘freak squall’.

Meanwhile, renowned wedding photographer, Rebecca Davidson arrived for the pre-wedding photos, only to find a distressed Amber and Andrew. In order to utilize their photo time and to cheer the wedding couple up, Rebecca decided to transport them both to the still sunny Rum Point for their pre wedding photos, Amber wearing her dress bag over her wedding dress to keep dry!

This turned out to be the perfect plan, the Rum Point photographs were gorgeous and upon their return to The Reef, the rains had passed and their dream wedding plans were back on track with the set up dried out and once again completed. I should add at this point that this kind of weather pattern was really unusual, as here in the East End we tend to get a lot less rain year round than the rest of Cayman… but I guess it showed how the whole team, including Rebecca, could think on their feet !

As you can see from the photos, Amber and Andrew had a beautiful wedding and thanks to our amazing F + B team, their beach dinner reception complete with DJ and dancing was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Here are Amber and Andrew’s comments on their Reef Wedding experience:-


I have to say that Andrew and I along with all of our guests had an absolutely wonderful time at the Reef Resort. Everyone was so accommodating and friendly. We could not have asked for a better place to have our wedding…

It went exactly as we had planned and envisioned it to be – only better!! (and too short)!!! :) We are so happy with everything….!

Thank-you again for being such a big part of our special day. Your hard work (& Valentino’s) in regards to all of the hotel accommodations, logistics of everything, food & beverage, etc., made our stay/special day a huge success….we never worried about one thing and simply enjoyed our time on the island….which is what we wanted.

For further information on The Reef Resort hosting your beach wedding and guests, please contact us at weddings@thereef.com.

For larger weddings here at The Reef, Octopus Event planners can be reached at octopusevents@candw.ky.

Please visit Rebecca Davidson’s website at www.rebeccadavidson.com for examples of her amazing photography and contact details.